Table Saw Workstation

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Project by Ben Miller posted 05-28-2012 01:07 AM 14682 views 33 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Breathing new life into my BT3000. This work station is made from 3/4 ply and maple. I used 2 pieces of 3/4” MDF laminated for the router table top and work bench. I wanted something that was replaceable. The router table was a cheapo Ryobi bench top kit that I had and just reused the top. I recessed that into the MDF slab on the left. The color scheme wasn’t intentional, it was what I had available. Plans came from Wood magazine. The last pic is the before shot, including the stock stand that I’ve had for awhile and and the sliding miter table that I wasn’t at all happy with.

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#1 posted 05-28-2012 02:21 AM

Nice work! I have similar plans for a Craftsman I have (not as nice as the BT3000 and its cousins). It looks like you kept your original (previously modified?) fence, but what did you use to extend the rails for your workstation?

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#2 posted 05-28-2012 02:27 AM

Yes, I did keep the previous fence. The BT3K fence was a little weak and I also tend to keep crap laying on my TS so, I put a plywood cap on it to store pencils, measuring tape, etc… I had a rail extension kit for the BT3K, but hadn’t put it to use. It, along with the outfeed table, came with the saw when I purchased it used.

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#3 posted 05-28-2012 06:08 AM

That looks great and the colors go together very well.

I’m building one of these myself. Check me out.


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#4 posted 05-28-2012 02:51 PM

Thats a neat idea!

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#5 posted 05-28-2012 02:56 PM

Well done, great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#6 posted 05-28-2012 03:05 PM

Sweet setup, looking good

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#7 posted 05-28-2012 03:38 PM

This is a wonderful stand for a small saw. It’s a very nice addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 05-28-2012 03:48 PM

I have a BT3000 that is little used and I’d be very interested to know what you did with the sliding table ….did you just remove it? Also I see you using the original fence …. did you do any mods to ensure that it holds a set-up and stays parallel to the blade? Those have been problem areas for me.

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#9 posted 05-28-2012 04:19 PM

Good job Ben a great looking workstation

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 05-28-2012 04:30 PM

I really like this idea. I designed one for my Rigid saw last year but still have not gotten around to actually building it.

-- One can dream, about a passion not yet fully fulfilled!

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#11 posted 05-28-2012 04:43 PM

@akamai22 – I removed the SMT. Seems like a good design concept, but poorly implemented IMO. The space was more useful to me as a built-in router table. As for the fence, loctite is your friend when it comes to squaring maintaining square. Once I get it set, I have no worries until I switch out the blade.

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#12 posted 05-28-2012 04:46 PM

Loctite…. why didn’t I think of that?

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Ben Miller

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#13 posted 05-28-2012 04:53 PM

Here are some additional details and views:

  • Base – 71” long, 27” deep
  • Work surface – 81” long, 22” deep
  • Drawers – 25” deep, 29” wide, 4 of which are 4” deep and one that is 8” deep
  • Clamping area on the right side
  • Right side of the cart left empty for paper roll add on that is still in the works
  • Full extension drawer slides
  • I kept the folding out feed table that came with the saw when I bought it

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#14 posted 05-28-2012 05:32 PM

And, as you can see in the latest photos, lumber storage is next on the list of projects.

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#15 posted 05-28-2012 06:45 PM

Wow , that is so nice ,and mobile as well : )

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